Dyslexia is an under-reported disability, an inheritable neurological condition that affects language acquisition, processing and decoding. Up to 20% of the U.S. population has learning disorders, and 80% of these people, many of them children, have varying degrees of reading disorders that qualify as dyslexia (National Institutes of Health estimate). Dyslexia is a disability in learning, not in intelligence, and afflicts girls and boys nearly equally. It is a lifelong condition. Although incurable, it can be managed successfully. Most importantly, with early detection and treatment, children with dyslexia can learn and succeed academically.
Children with dyslexia are typically highly creative and intuitive, and are excellent hands-on learners.
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This short animation gives a brief, but clear description about what dyslexia is, and it provides information to keep in mind if your child is dyslexic. The video provides information to consider when working with a dyslexic individual, such as focusing on strengths, having them get the necessary treatment that matches the way that they learn, and ensuring open communication. At the end of the video dyslexics are reminded that, although they learn differently, with determination and support they can achieve happiness and success.
Have you ever wondered which parts of the brain are affected by dyslexia? This video helps makes it a little clearer.
A dyslexic high school student pursues admission to a competitive college -- a challenge for a boy that didn't learn to read until 4th grade. Additional accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts, and Iconic leaders help us understand that dyslexia is as much a gift as it is a challenge.
The following are the names of some of the many individuals who are dyslexic, or had symptoms of dyslexia or related learning problems:
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